Marna, After retiring from my career, I have been restringing pearls
and beads for the last six years. I would not have been able to do
this without the Tri-Cord Knotter. It gives me consistent tight and
Original Tri-Cord knotter - http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/6t
I use the Tri-Cord Knotter and have been very happy with it. You can
view a video of how to use the tool at Rio Grande or YouTube. Follow
the directions nd practice until the hand positions (especially the
left hand) become a habit. If you purchase one, make sure the tip of
the needle comes within 1mm of the forked part. If it is too far
away, it will be difficult to get a close knot. (I had this happen
with the first of the new black composite handle ones I received but
was able to exchange it right away).
and Tri-Cord Tin Cup Knotter - http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/6u
I use the tin-cup knotter to leave a consistent space of silk cord
after a pearl or bead when doing a tin-cup style necklace. I still
need the regular Tri-Cord Knotter for the knot after the bead.
Beadalon knotter tool - http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/6s
I’m not sure the brand of the other knotter I purchased but the
needle was a smaller gauge than the Tri-Cord Knotter’s. As that was
the only part I have ever had break, I returned it. I did not want to
risk it, especially as the original Tri-Cord Knotters with the
rosewood handles had a “lifetime” warranty. The new composite black
handled ones only have a 90 day warranty. Even so, if the needle
breaks, it is only $15 for Tri-Cord to repair it.
The only time I have not been happy with the Tri-Cord Knotter, has
been when I have been using a very heavy cord that does not slide
easily on the tool. Then I use an awl and needle nose pliers. Best of
luck with what ever you choose to do.
CVG Custom Pearl and Bead Stringing